What Are the Symptoms of Tricuspid Valve Disease?

Tricuspid valve disease can result after an episode of rheumatic fever, an inflammatory disease of the heart and joints that may develop after strep throat or scarlet fever. In scarlet fever, a red rash that appears most often on the chest, back or abdomen. It is sometimes called "sandpaper rash" because it raises the skin and makes it feel like sandpaper.

Be aware of these symptoms and make sure the infection is treated adequately:

  • Throat pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
  • Tiny red spots on the soft or hard palate, the back part of the roof of the mouth
  • Swollen, tender lymph glands in your neck
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Stomach ache and sometimes vomiting, especially in younger children
  • Fatigue

Tricuspid valve stenosis

Signs and symptoms of tricuspid valve stenosis include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Palpitations (an unusual awareness of the heartbeat)
  • Chest pain (occasionally)

Tricuspid valve insufficiency/regurgitation

Signs and symptoms of tricuspid valve insufficiency/regurgitation include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue

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